Disneyland – Our Best Vacation Ever

On May 16, 2013, in Mom, Second Set, by Jennifer McPherson

Boy and Girls holding stuffed Mickey and Minnie Mouse infront of Ghost Rock Utah

I admit I may have been wrong once or twice in my life.  In my mind the thought of taking my 3 and 5 year old to Disneyland was an utter nightmare waiting to happen.  I realize Disneyland is designed with little ones in mind, but we all know what tired, hungry, and overstimulated 3 and 5 year olds are like.  I took a risk and for New Year’s we had the opportunity to do the Disneyland adventure with our kids.  I once said, I will NEVER take my kids to Disneyland, I ate those words…

It was the BEST vacation I have ever had.

First off, we road tripped it from our home in Colorado to California.  We loaded up the Ford Flex with the greatest educational toys ever – the LeapPad2. These kept the kids entertained (and educationally entertained) for hours in the car. We had a movie player that was rarely used the entire way.  And at the end of the vacation before heading back to Colorado we logged onto our LeapFrog account and downloaded new games and books for the ride back. Seriously I love it when I find a toy that is completely worth the price and then some.

The first night we spent in Las Vegas, Ah-Hem….did I mention Vegas is NOT for children. I remember a few years ago commercials that promoted Vegas as a “Family Affair”, clearly the promoters had no children. We drove down the strip at a way-too-slow pace because of all the traffic and stop lights and let me tell you – we could not get out of there fast enough.  Knight was giggling in the back seat while watching the electronic billboards of scantily clad women dancing on screen, he was yelling: INAPPROPRIATE…INAPPROPRIATE.  Lets just chalk that one up as a teaching moment.

Rise and shine and off we went early in the AM again (early is the best when traveling with little ones).  Only 4 hours to go.  The kids were beyond excited and I was an anxious wreck sure we were about to embark on countless meltdowns at Disneyland.

Upon arrival the kids were in complete awe, the Disney tagline couldn’t be more true:  The Happiest Place On Earth.  As we walked along Main Street the kids were nearly speechless. You could literally see their minds working without them saying a single word.  They were awestruck.

Next stop, Mickey’s Toontown.  We met Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Pluto.  We walked through all the characters houses, took pictures with them and gave each character a great big hug (except there was no way Knight was not going to give Minnie a hug, she is a girl and that is gross).  Then the magic began.  Knight started asking a barrage of questions.  Like, where do you think Mickey and Minnie go grocery shopping?  Do you think they have sleepover’s? Do you think they go to the beach for fun?  The questions were endless and frankly, downright adorable!

Disneyland Castle with photos of characters taken with children

 

The kids went on strong the whole day, without a single meltdown. From the time we left our house in Colorado until the time we returned home – this vacation goes down as the best vacation ever.  I feel blessed to have been able to provide this experience for my children.  It is a reminder of how precious our imagination is and the sweet innocence of child’s mind.

Boy and Girl sleeping after long day at Disneyland

What was your best vacation ever?  How do you entertain your children on road trips?